The prices of onions and ginger went up in the city’s kitchen markets on Friday a day after the announcement of the proposed national budget for the next financial year of 2019-20.
Traders said that the prices of onions and ginger increased in the market due to a supply shortage as the import of the items remained suspended due to Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.
The prices of imported onions increased by Tk 5 a kilogram and the item was retailing at Tk 30-35 a kg while local variety was selling for Tk 30 a kg on Friday.
The prices of ginger increased by Tk 10-30 a kg and its local variety was selling for Tk 130-130 a kg and the imported variety for Tk 150-180 a kg.
The prices of garlic remained high over the week and garlic imported from China was retailing at Tk 120-130 a kg while its local variety was selling for Tk 70-90 a kg. Garlic imported from India was selling for Tk 100-110 a kg.
The prices of soya bean oil and sugar remained unchanged in the market but the refiners squeezed the supply of the items after Eid-ul-Fitr, wholesalers claimed.
Some of the traders said that refiners squeezed the supply of the items as they apprehended the imposition of additional duty on import of soya bean oil and sugar in the budget before the announcement of the budget.
A one-litre container of soya bean oil was selling for Tk 100-102 and a five-litre container for Tk 490-500 on Friday.
Unpacked soya bean oil was selling for Tk 90-95 a kg, while palm oil was retailing at Tk 80 a kg.
Refined and imported sugar was selling for Tk 55-60 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was selling for Tk 70 a kg in the city markets.
Prices of vegetables remained stable in the city markets over the week.
Aubergine was selling for Tk 50-60 a kg, papaya for Tk 50 a kg, bitter gourds for Tk 60 a kg, bottle gourds for Tk 50-60 apiece, cucumber for Tk 40-60 a kg and tomatoes for Tk 40-50 a kg on Friday.
Green chilli was selling for Tk 60-80 a kg on the day.
The price of broiler chicken decreased by Tk 10-15 a kg and the item was selling for Tk 130-140 a kg in the city markets and locally bred hens were selling for Tk 500-550 a kg.
The prices of fish remained high in the city markets over the week.
Rohita was selling for Tk 300-450 a kg and Katla for Tk 300-400 a kg, depending on their size and quality.
Pangas was selling for Tk 160-210 a kg and Tilapia for Tk 160-200 a kg.
Beef was selling for Tk 525-550 a kg in the city markets while mutton was selling for Tk 750-800 a kg on Friday.
Potatoes were selling for Tk 18-20 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets.
The coarse variety of imported red lentil was selling for Tk 70-75 a kg while its fine variety was selling for Tk 100-110 a kg.
The price of eggs remained unchanged and the item was selling for Tk 30-32 a hali (four pieces) on Friday.
Fine-quality packaged salt was selling for Tk 38 a kg, while the refined variety of salt was retailing at Tk 25 a kg.
The prices of rice remained unchanged over the week.
The coarse variety of rice was selling for Tk 38-40 a kg while BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 44-50 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
The fine variety of Miniket rice was selling for Tk 58-63 a kg while its coarse variety was retailing at Tk 52-55 a kg.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 60-65 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 56-58 a kg.
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